It’s not easy being green.
When your garden gives you lots of ripe, green tomatoes…..
Once upon a time I worked with a woman who wouldn’t eat green food. She confided this quirk to me in the middle of winter so my thoughts went to broccoli and Brussels sprouts and lime Jello and I thought: weird but not outrageous.
Then summer came along and I realized that her food avoidance list also included lettuce salads and herbs.
I cannot imagine what she would do if presented with a perfectly ripe, bright green tomato.
I made my favorite summer pasta salad.
It’s also delicious with red tomatoes…. And, maybe, a little more normal in appearance.
The tomatoes need to be marinated with the herbs, garlic and olive oil for the best flavor so this is best if that is started 4 – 6 hours before the pasta.
Pasta Salad with Green Tomatoes and Herbs
Total time: 25 minutes , 3 – 6 hours marinating
- 3 medium – large garden-ripened tomatoes
- 1/2 cup green olives, pimento stuffed, cut into thirds
- 3 tbs good olive oil, plus 1 tbs if pasta cooked ahead
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbs fresh chopped oregano
- 2 tbs fresh chopped chives
- 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
- 1 1/4 cup (3.5oz, 120gr) pasta
- Peel tomatoes and roughly chop.Put into a large bowl.
- Add olives, garlic, and herbs.
- Pour olive oil over all, stir to combine.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours, 6 or 8 is better.
- When ready to serve:
- Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and add to sauce.
- Note: If you cook the pasta ahead, drain and toss with 1 tbs olive oil. Combine with the sauce when ready to serve.
I wandered into an art gallery the other day.
It was in the village where the medieval fare was.
I didn’t actually know that it was an art gallery. I thought it was a gift shop.I was looking at the jewelry, as I always do, when the owner suggested I might enjoy her gallery, which was upstairs.
Of course I immediately went up and had a look.
I can honestly say that, while I appreciated her efforts, and found some of the pieces interesting, I think her message (and there definitely was one) eluded me.
For example, one piece was a stark white, full-size woman in papier-mâché, crawling out of a real clothes dryer.
I did sneak a few photos…
This first one is life size:
I believe it’s cardboard and paper.
This one is tiny:
The figures are about 3 inches.
I have to admit I was fascinated… and a bit bemused.
I’m fascinated and intrigued by the time, effort, and technique that goes in to creating the pieces and bemused as to the why.
I guess that defines art, doesn’t it~